Monday, March 24, 2008
Where were you when the lights went out?
Me, I was driving up Rainier Avenue.
It’s always a bit freaky to be walking or driving underneath a streetlight just as it decides to go out. (Did I cause that?) For years, I used to clap twice after that would happen (it happened at least once a week to me, I swear), claiming that it was a “psychic clap-on/clap-off light”. The light would go off because I was about to clap. Prove that it wasn’t!
The weird feeling of a streetlight gong off is nothing quite like driving through an intersection and the lights suddenly going off for blocks in every direction. (Shit! Did I cause that?) That’s what happened last night, at around 11:30 pm, on Rainier near 23rd. Bright flash and then dark. Then about a block further, another flash as everything came back on, and then immediately off again, and then a couple more repeats of that in the next few seconds. It started to look like a scene from a horror film.
Another half mile along and the power was on in that neighborhood, although when I cam back down Rainier an hour later, the power was still off in the zone I had been driving through. I assume it’s back on this morning. I don’t see anything on the Seattle Times website today, so I assume it was nothing big enough to mention. No semi plowing into a transformer station to destroy a time-traveling killer robot or anything.<